Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wood Bat Tourney and CPBL Draft Updates

*Kao-Yuan HS won the 2011 Wood Bat Tourney, defeating Ping-Zhen HS 8-1 in the final.  Tzu-Wei Lin was the man for Kao-Yuan, not only leading the tourney in slugging, OBP, and BA, but also throwing some key innings in relief for his squad.

Shi-Yuan defeated Ku-Pao 1-0 to earn 3rd in the tourney behind SP Chih-Wei Hu's dominating 1 hit shutout.  Hu, whose fastball approached 150 kph, K'd 12 in the process.

*Immediately following the national WBT, the top two counties/cities in Taiwan -Taoyuan (composed of kids from Ping-Zhen HS) and Kaohsiung City (made up of  kids from Kao-Yuan, San-Min, and San-Hsin HS) competed against a select Korean All-Star team (with several top junior prospects) and a team from Japan - Japan Meiji-Jingu.  These four teams faced off in the 2011 E. Sun Cup International AAA Baseball Tourney.   Taoyuan earned the tourney championship with a 2-1 record, losing only to South Korea  (South Korea and Japan also had 2-1 records).  Kaohsiung City went 0-3 in the tournament. 

As for how the top Taiwanese kids fared in the tourney:
-IF Tzu-Wei Lin played only against Japan (due to the flu) and was 1-3 with a BB and RBI.
-P Ren-He Tseng threw 6.2 IP against South Korea, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits.  He had 6 K's, 1 BB in a no-decision for him.
-P Jung-Hung Sen took a look a loss against South Korea (0 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 K's/BB's).

* The 2011 CPBL draft just concluded.   The Sinon Bulls selected P Chen-Hua Lin with the top pick.
Other first round picks included:
>Elephants - P Yu-Ching Lin
>Monkeys - P Wang-Yi Lin (former Red Sox farmhand)
>Lions - P Chih-Lung Huang (former Giants farmhand)

P Yen-Feng Lin was the 5th overall pick (first pick of the second round) of the Bulls.  Lin played in the Phillies and Marines (NPB) minor league system.

*Dai-Kang Yang was selected to the 2011 Player's Choice Best 9 in the Pacific League as a RF.


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